RDS: The current Windows Firewall profile must be configured to allow remote desktop connections

Updated: April 27, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the Remote Desktop Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.


Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012


Remote Desktop Services





The current Windows Firewall profile is not configured to allow remote desktop connections.

Users are not able to connect to the server by using Remote Desktop Connection.

Enable remote desktop connections by using the Windows Firewall console.

Remote Desktop must be allowed through the Windows Firewall so that Remote Desktop Connection can connect to the RD Session Host server.

Membership in the Administrators local group, or equivalent, is required to complete this procedure.

  1. Log on to the RD Session Host server with the user account that is a member of the local Administrators group.

  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  3. Under the System and Security heading, click Check firewall status.

  4. Click Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall.

  5. Select the Remote Desktop check box, if it is not already selected.

  6. Click OK.

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